UPDATE: After the jump, embeded videos of Susan Boyle and Diversity
Big upset across the pond! Despite being the judges favorite, and becoming a world-wide You Tube phenomenon, Susan Boyle, came in second to dance troupe Diversity in tonight’s Britain’s Got Talent series finale.
Gosh, all that publicity, media attention and pimping, and Susan lost? I wonder how that happened. Heh.
Susan, after enduring a stressful week of negative headlines after a middling performance of “Memory” last week, performed the song that put her on the pop culture map, her audition number, “I Dreamed a Dream” from Les Miserables.
Here’s MTV’s account of what happened after her performance:
After the performance, the show’s hosts acknowledged the ressure Boyle has been underp this week, to which she said: “I want to thank the people for all the support they’ve given me, especially the people at home and people in the audience. Thank you all very much.”
Asked if it was worth it, she replied, “Well worth it! Well worth it! To hell with everything!” Asked if she feels at home onstage, she said, “I really feel at home onstage, of course I do, I’m among friends am I not?” she asked, looking straight into the crowd.
Judge Piers Morgan, who commented extensively on Boyle’s hardships last week, even citing negative headlines before saying, “I thought, all you have to do to answer all your critics… is sing the song we all fell in love with, sing it better than you did last time, and Susan, I’m not supposed to favor anyone in this competition as a judge, but forget it, that was the greatest performance I’ve seen in ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ history, you should win this competition, I loved it!” Boyle grimaced slightly and put her hand over her face.
Judge Amanda Holden seconded his praise, adding that “Simon [Cowell] had a tear in his eye, and I’ve never seen that before.”
For his part, Cowell referred to her “weird seven weeks” and said, “You had every right to walk away from this … and a lot of people said you shouldn’t even be in this competition, that you’re not equipped to deal with it. For what? For you to sit at home with your cat and say ‘I’ve missed an opportunity?’ I completely disagree with that. Win or lose, you had the guts to come back here tonight and face your critics, and you beat them. And that’s the most important thing. Whatever happens, and I’ve got to know the real Susan Boyle, who is not the person I’ve seen portrayed in the media, you can walk away from this, win or lose, with your head held high. I absolutely adore you.”